Chikwawa United on Saturday became the second team to be relegated from the top-flight Super League following their 0-3 defeat to Kamuzu Barracks in Nchalo.
The first team to get the chop was bottom of the table Karonga United whose fate was sealed the previous weekend.
With two games to wind up the season, Chikwawa United are second from the bottom with 19 points. Even if they win both games, the furthest they can go is third from the bottom, with 25 points.
This means they cannot surpass Airborne Rangers who already have 26 points and are fourth from the bottom.
Team of the Shire Valley side, Owen Chomanika, yesterday conceded that their survival fight is now over.
“As it is, we have no chance of escaping relegation. We have to accept that we are going back to the Southern Region Football League (SRFL).
“All the same, it has been a learning experience for us, given another chance, we can do much better,” said Chomanika.
He said their biggest challenge in the top-flight league has been finances.
“We were handicaped in terms of quality [of players], but with the lessons we have learnt, we are hoping to come back stronger,” he said.
Both Chikwawa and Karonga sides were making a first appearing in the Super League.
In recent memory, apart from Kamuzu Barracks, in the past three seasons, no team promoted from the lower league has survived relegation.
However, the other team that was promoted from the lower league, Airborne Rangers, still have a chance for survival, but will have to fight with Blantyre United and Epac.